Neil absolutely adores his Mum’s lemon drizzle cake, which is totally delicious, but also I imagine quite calorific and full of sugar. Not great for a young baby whose sugar intake I’m trying to limit. I have never posted a dessert type recipe before, instead focussing on finger food, but there comes a point when a baby reaches a certain age where they start taking an interest in desserts and snacks and I wanted to make something that would be suitable for this, which is why I created this baby led weaning cake.
Don’t get me wrong, there IS sugar in this recipe, but there’s no added sugar. The sugar comes naturally from the lemon juice which forms the batter of the baby led weaning cake. I found it sweet enough without adding sugar, however you can add a drizzle to the cake which is made from lemon juice and powdered sugar which will give you that big sugary hit.
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I used coconut flour to make this baby led weaning cake, making it gluten free and containing less calories than using traditional flour. You can of course use traditional flour if you wish, but you’ll need to change the quantities of the ingredients which I’ll list below.
I am asked a lot if the recipe really does call for 6 eggs, or if I’ve made a typo. I can confirm, when using coconut flour you do need 6 eggs, but if you decide to use normal plain flour instead, you will need to adjust the recipe accordingly. (See below)
This baby led weaning cake is so moist and delicious that Dexter just wanted more and more. I cut the cake into eight slices which works out at around 100 calories a slice, so I wasn’t too bothered about him having a couple of slices. With the rest, I poured over some lemon drizzle to make the cake even tangier, moister and nice and sugary for my husband’s tastes. For the drizzle, I mixed 110g powdered sugar with the juice of two lemons, mixed until combined and then poured it over the cake.
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If you want to use traditional plain flour in this recipe, use 120g instead of 40g coconut flour and reduce the number of eggs to 2.
Let me know if you try this baby led weaning cake and what you think.